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Hypoglycemia (low Blood Sugar)

Home / Health Topics /Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) Hypoglycemia occurs when the level of sugar in the blood is too low. It can also be called insulin shock or insulin reaction. Hypoglycemia is when the level of sugar in the blood is below 60 mg/dl. Check with your doctor or nurse to find out what blood sugar level is too low for you. Taking too much insulin or oral medication Not eating all of your meals and snacks or delaying meals and snacks Hypoglycemia can occur at any time. It is more likely to occur at peak times of insulin actions. It may occur during or after increased activity. It is more likely if you are late eating your food or reduce the amount that you eat. Immediately eat or drink something containing "quick acting" sugar. Some possibilities are: If your symptoms do not disappear in 15 minutes and/or your blood sugar remains less than 80, repeat the treatment. Repeat every 15 minutes until the blood sugar is greater than 80. If a reaction occurs at a time when you do not plan to eat your next meal or snack for more than 30 minutes, eat food containing starch and protein after you have taken a "quick acting" sugar source and begin to feel better. Foods containing s Continue reading >>

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  1. CanIavoidDiabetes

    I'm 34 years old and recently had my annual physical. I have a history of high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia on my mom's side) and have been taking Crestor for 3 years to control it. I have a thin build (5'8" 129 lbs) and very healthy blood pressure (110/70). While I don't exercise much, my job has me on my feet and walking a lot. High cholesterol runs throughout my mom's side and we don't have much history of diabetes -- only my grandmother's sister has diabetes.
    I had my physical last Friday firs thing in the morning and fasted for about 12 hours prior. I was a bit shocked when the blood test results came back: Fasting Blood Glucose of 103 (!!). My FG has steadily increased from the low 90s to this point since I've been on Crestor. But this was a jump of 5 pts since my last check up 6 months ago and was the largest jump yet.
    My doctor felt this was still within the "normal" range and in fact the lab paperwork shows the upper limit of "normal" at 105. This is a bit concerning to me and I have a few questions:
    1) Am I destined to be diabetic, or is there time to reverse this with diet/exercise/medication? I did some internet searching and found a lot of conflicting info.
    2) My primary care doctor feels this is still within the normal range since it's <105. Everywhere else I read online says <100 is normal. I have my first appointment with a cardiologist in February. Would it be appropriate to ask the Cardiologist for her opinion?
    3) Could the Crestor be causing this, or is it most likely a coincidence?
    4) Please feel to share your diet and exercise advice.

  2. onyxium

    103 is definitely not guaranteed diabetes, with proper care/diet/exercise, but it's something to keep an eye on. The fact it concerns you means you're doing better than a lot of folks.
    As far as diet goes, generally lower carb, the better. Don't have to cut it completely out, but certainly limit your sugar intake, pastries, pastas, etc. If you drink sugar soda or sweet "coffee" drinks, cut those out entirely.
    Your PCP and cardiologist should be able to tell you if an endocrinologist visit is in order. That's definitely a bit higher than a non-diabetic fasting glucose, but there could be other reasons for that. Always better safe than sorry, regarding diet and exercise, of course.

  3. CanIavoidDiabetes

    Thank you for the reassurance. I'm hoping between diet, exercise, and medication changes I can nip this.

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Treating Severe Low Blood Sugar

Giving a Glucagon shot can be scary, but it’s very important to recognize the symptoms of severe low blood sugar and be ready to use Glucagon. Take a moment to become familiar with your Glucagon kit—it’s small and portable and houses all the items needed to administer Glucagon in a bright red case. It’s a good idea to open the case and look at the contents. You and anyone who may need to help you with severe low blood sugar treatment should also know how to use Glucagon before an emergency arises. Be sure to read the Information for the User provided in the kit. A key to managing an episode of severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is to be prepared. If not treated quickly, mild or moderate low blood sugar can become severe. Severe low blood sugar is very serious. If it happens, loss of consciousness may occur and you may be physically unable to eat or drink a rapid-acting source of sugar (glucose). If you need a Glucagon shot, a family member, friend, or another adult will need to be ready to give it to you. Make sure that your relatives and close friends know that if you become unconscious, medical assistance must always be sought. If you are unconscious, Glucagon can be g Continue reading >>

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  1. LindyLovesLipstick

    I was diagnosed with T2 last week after my a1c was diagnosed as a 7. Since then I have cut out the majority of simple sugars and carbs, using the Keto diet as a model. I've tested my blood sugar this week and it's still in the 130's fasting. Am I being too impatient? My doctor also gave me some samples of Farxiga, but I didn't take it more than a couple days because the side effects kept me from concentrating at work. I emailed him this morning asking if I could go on Metformin instead because my mom(she's T2) has used that with success.

  2. Baeker

    Definitely you'll probably want some Metformin, it's good stuff. Take it slow and let your body settle, don't worry too much about any number, it's the trend that's important.
    You might find that even with oral meds, diet and exercise you can't keep your BG down. Insulin is not a boogey-man. It's pretty awesome stuff. Don't be afraid of it. Don't let them wave it like a stick to scare you.

  3. LindyLovesLipstick

    Thank you for the encouragement!

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Low Blood Sugar: Causes, Warning Signs And Treatments

Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is the most common and most dangerous condition for many people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Very low blood sugar may lead to insulin shock, which can be life threatening if not treated promptly. Low blood sugar occurs when the body has too little food/glucose or too much insulin. The following are all potential reasons that a person with diabetes might have low blood sugar: Too much insulin taken Eating less than usual Eating later than usual Insulin was injected at a site on the body where the absorption rate is faster than usual Injecting extra insulin after forgetting about a previous dose More exercise than normal Illness or injury Other hormones Medication interaction The following is a list of general symptoms that indicate low blood sugar (the person with T1D may exhibit one or more of these and symptoms may change from event to event) Dizziness Nervousness Personality change/irrational behavior Blurry vision Shakiness Nausea Crying Sluggishness Sweating Poor coordination Hunger Lightheadedness Irritability Drowsiness Erratic response to questions Inability to concentrate Severe symptoms (symptoms as listed above, plus): Convulsions or seizu Continue reading >>

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  1. bjali

    What should my blood sugar levels be after fasting while taking metformin?

    What would be considered high? I checked my blood sugar before breakfast everyday for a week and my blood sugar levels were between 9 and 10.9 I've been on metformin for around 3 months now.

  2. JC jcolson

    You cannot reli on metformin to give you a certain amount of lowering the blood sugars, that is not what it does. The purpose of metformin is to regulate the liver and its secreation of glucose, although it will help you in lowering your blood sugar numbers, it won't do it for you, you have to do the work yourself. So, your numbers are going to be where you put them, metformin just helps you out doing it.

  3. BJ bjali

    Ok thank you that is helpful to know, I don't seem to get the right info from my health care team.

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